Questions tagged [wood]

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What is a good stain/finish for maple?

I have recently completed a one-step stool out if maple and am looking for a way to finish it. It will be used quite a bit so I'm looking for something durable. Preferably something that isn't too ...
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wood plank subfloor repair and leveling

Our plank subfloor needs repair and leveling. Could we do the following: replace some of the pieces add a layer of structural plywood (1/2" or 5/8") on top use cement patch compound to level it add ...
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Lard as release agent?

So I’m learning how to make concrete pavers with this youtube video. He mentions that he uses lard as a release agent, so he brushes that into the mold. He also suggests cooking oil or motor oil for ...
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How to keep dirt away from wood on shed?

I have a small (1 car garage) shed: There is dirt along the side of it, and it seems to have rotted some of the boards in the bottom left corner of the above picture. Front view: (the dirt had run-...
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Joining two areas of tongue and groove flooring in a room - disguising the join

I have an old 1960's tongue and groove floor that, after some renovations (removing an internal half-height wall), will be joining (butt end-to-end) some new tongue and groove (85mm x 22mm matai) I ...
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Removing old sealant from wood

I was reading up that different finishes can be removed with different chemicals (paint thinner, alcohol, etc) based on the finish. Is there any way to identify what this finish on the wood in the ...
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Waxing Spar Urethane finished product

Is it practical to wax an article that has been finished with spar urethane? This item will be exposed to the weather for 4 - 6 hours on occasion. If waxing is practical, how long should the urethane ...
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How to remove window wood trim to replace crank operator?

]3[]4 I have a broken casement window crank operator and needs to replace it, got the parts, but can't figure out a way to put it in. There are wood trims on the window which keeps me from reaching ...
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Can I use a 16 gauge nail gun for framing lumber?

Can I safely use a Bostich 16 gauge nail gun to toenail stud grade 2x4s? The nail head is stationary at 90 degrees. The project: bay window seating. Issue: front rail & plate supported by ...
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Is it okay to not varnish wooden furniture before use?

I recently bought a bedframe, but due to budget constraints, I didn't choose the varnished option, just 'unstained raw timber' - which is smooth, but not varnished or stained, as described. I'm just ...
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Attach 2x4 to a warping 2x4 wood rail?

I have a 2x4 wood rail between two 4x4 wood columns. It looks something like the drawing below: The 2x4 rail is warping a little bit, so I want to attach a 2x4 under it so that it can straighten the ...
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How can I remove white 'splatter' which has partially seeped into a wooden panel?

I'm looking at a wooden wardrobe, which has... well, seen a lot of punishment. But in this question I'm focusing on how its side was splattered/stained with white material which is either whitewash, ...
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Replacement deck beam equivalence

I have to replace the main beam in a deck at my house. The deck is 10 x 23 and the beam is 6 feet from the wall with the other side of the deck supported from the wall. The deck joists are sistered to ...
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Load distribution panel, type of wood and thickness?

I have a 1m2 (10ft2) object. This object weighs 400kg (880 pounds). I would like to spread the load over 2.5m2 (25ft2). I'm wondering what type of wood/panel and how thick should that wood be. Are ...
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There is any simple way to forming handmade paper pulp? [closed]

I want to know how can I make a form for forming handmade paper pulp for something like paper egg container. There is possible to make small hand press from for example wood/steel and pressing that ...
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How to put up MDF wall without studs

Good morning everyone! Quick question. I want to build a room within an existing cellar in my basement. This cellar has a very low ceiling, of about 1.95m. I want to put up the walls with some ...
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What should I use to replace extra thick (1.75") sill plate? Should I shim 2x dimensional lumber?

My house was built in 1956 and I have come across some sections of sill plate on the cinder block foundation wall that need to be replaced due to termite damage or rot. It seems that they used some ...
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DIY Desk - Trestle stability

I am trying to build my desk. I can see a lot of positive comments about the Karlby worktops from IKEA and I think the 2.46m x 0.63m walnut worktop is exactly what I need. My problem is that I ...
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Refinishing Outdoor Wood Table

About 3 years ago I built an outdoor patio table from home depot pressure treated lumber. I walnut stained it and applied 3 layers of Helmsman spar urethane. It looks like the sun/rain has worn down ...
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Deck Coatings alternatives

22 years ago I built a Weyerhaeuser outdoor wafer board topped deck. Frame is fir 4x10 outside frame with stringers 2x10 anchored to 10" lag screwed ledger boards on the house. Top coating is two ...
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Can I use wood to build my apt or do I have to use drywall?

I am building a small loft style apt for my wife and me in Illinois. The building is a rezoned factory with apartments in it. I'm going to pick a wing and build a place for us to stay 'till our house ...
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Twisted pergola post

My 4x6 middle post on my pergola has twisted at the top over the years. It is sturdy and placed in the ground in concrete. Is there a way to straighten the twisted post?
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Can I safely remove stringer in garage?

There are two 2"x12"x8' stringers attached to studs in the garage with 1/2"x2-1/2" lag screws in order to mount a squat rack. Is there any concern that I could compromise the integrity of the garage ...
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Newly put together wooden bed and the one screw bolt on the headboard decides to thread?

I just recently bought a new wooden framed bed, flat pack basically. Everything is fine, all except this one long screw/bolt that decided to thread inside the headboard. I applied the same pressure as ...
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How can I remove material from this wood beam?

I am trying to mount a roller shade in between two wood beams on my porch. The problem is that the beams are a hair too close together to accommodate mounting the shade. I am trying to remove a small ...
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Level of repair for rotting outdoor stairs

I've got wooden stairs leading up to a porch that need repairs. The more I look into it, the more that I see needs to be done, so I'd like advice as to what I should do short term and what I can put ...
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Temporary butt joints for hardwood dance floor panels

I recently got several large panels of salvaged gym floor with the intent to use them as a snap-together dance floor, installed over carpet. The padding under the carpet is very minimal, so I don't ...
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Exterior wood rot remedy for beam

I am not sure if this beam is decorative or structural But you can see the rotten area in red rectangle What is the best way to fix something like this?
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Repair a split in chipboard on a bed frame

A 2 meter side panel of chipboard has cracked 90% vertically. Behind this chipboard is a proper wooden beam running horizontal for the bed where the slats are attached, the beam can be detached from ...
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Custom rail for a spiral staircase

I have (foolishly) bought an oak spiral staircase on craigslist. I was able to use the treads OK, but I'm completely unable to fit the rail that came with it. So I need to construct a custom one. I'm ...
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What could this wood be?

In the middle of a relatively cosmetic bathroom upgrade and went to change out the old Hollywood light fixture. I opened the wall to add in a new junction box, but came across this random piece of ...
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What I can use to waterproof a sink cutout

I'm using solid wood to make a worktop/countertop in my camper van. It's going to have an undermounted sink, so I need to use something to protect the edge of the sink cutout from water. I have no ...
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Lid stays for shallow box

I have a window seat with shallow storage underneath (100mm deep storage, 560mm deep lid of 18mm birch ply). I've not had any luck finding soft close lid stays. The piston ones I've tried are soft ...
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Extend cabinet and add drawer: Will it be stable?

I am going to buy a cabinet for my kitchen. It comes unassembled but contains all necessary parts. When assembled according to the manual it will look like this: The problem is: The cabinet's height ...
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How can I prepare an uneven beam to be wrapped with wood?

We are doing a complete update of a 1975 home. The issue we can't figure out is in the living room. There is a drywall-wrapped beam at peak of vaulted ceiling that is 24' long. We want to wrap it with ...
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Can I use lag screws, lag bolts to hang swing vertically from a wood beam?

I need to hang a swing (picture attached) from a large wood beam in my living room. The beam is 1 foot high and 1/2 foot wide. (quite strong). I am planning to use 2 metal faceplates . Each ...
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I paid someone to sand and restain an oak table, when I wipe it with a paper towel stain comes off, how do I fix it

I paid someone to sand and refinish my kitchen table. The table is rubbing off stain when wipped with a dry paper towel. I don't trust their ability to fix it so I am trying to fix it myself. They ...
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Built wood vanity drawer deformed after painting!

attached photos of the deformed drawer, I found out only after reassembling! The cabinet itself, and 3 smaller drawers on the other side are all fine, but this one shocked me! Basically, it is made ...
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Is it normal for wood to sometimes squeal when screwing into it?

I recently put up some kitchen wall cabinets. When screwing in the cabinets one of the studs was more difficult to screw into. I pre-drilled pilot holes for the studs and everything went OK besides ...
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What kind of wood is this

What kind of wood is this? It is made of a patchwork of wood pieces.
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Deck support for a 2 man hot tub

I am looking to add a 2 person hot tub on my deck. My deck is made of all 2x6 material 12" on center floor joist, with 4x4 post and a 2x12 support band. It sits about 2 feet off the ground. The weight ...
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Untreated pine wood - do I really need to treat it? (indoor usage)

I have a piece of furniture which is made from raw pine wood. It has relatively fine sanded surface and I like that it is not sealed or stained. What if I just leave it so, i.e. do not apply any seal ...
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Outdoor kitchen on top of paver patio

Besides using Pressure Treated wood for the framing of the kitchen/bar/ island outside- is there anything between the pavers and the PT wood framing that needs to put down?
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Need to install board and batten wood shutters to my brick house. What items do I need to do this how do I do it?

I need to install wood board and batten shutters on my brick home and need to know what all I need to do it and how to do it. Thanks
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How to move building material, including large timbers, onto my property?

I'm trying to build a small house on my rural property. I'm trying to use a building kit, which is delivered normally by a series of 18-wheelers. It includes large timbers, such as six 6x8 x 14ft ...
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JB Kwikwood to fill in old screw holes

I am repairing a guard rail for a deck, can Kwikwood putty be counted on after filling in the old screw hole to hold the new screw safely?
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Wood rotted on thermal pane windows

The wood that is up against the glass on the double pane windows has rotted. How do we repair them without taking the glass out? We have to paint them every summer but with our Montana winters they ...
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Building computer desk with Solid core door (Help please)

if you're reading this I thank you for taking the time! I am a beginner at this type of stuff but I know how to use saws and make cuts. To cut to the chase, I am trying to build a nice and sturdy ...
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How to keep thin slices of wood from warping

I have been making coasters from kiln dried wood. My process is gluing several pieces of wood planks together (varies from 3/4 to 6/4 until I get a 6" thick blank), then cut the shape on a band saw (...
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How to get a flat-head nail out of a piece of wood?

I have a 1/4” (~6 mm) nail that someone put in a wooden bed frame that is 1/2” (12 mm) thick. The wood is hard (not soft) and the nail is flush with the wood in some parts, actually digging into the ...